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Leading South African Jewish Group Pursues Criminal Charges Against Three Online Antisemites

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The South African Jewish Board of Deputies is pursuing criminal charges against three people who made antisemitic statements online.

These included such sentiments as Hitler “should’ve killed you all” and “The #Holocaust Will be like A Picnic When we are done with all you Zionist Bastards.”

The three men charged are Muhammad Hattia, Tameez Seedat, and Matome Letsoalo, who issued threats on Twitter and WhatsApp.

Laden with obscenities, the messages openly threatened Jews and evoked crude antisemitic stereotypes.

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Letsoalo’s tweets included, “The #Holocaust Will be like A Picnic When we are done with all you Zionist Bastards. F*ck All Of You.” Elsewhere, he referred to Jews as vermin and said Hitler should have succeeded in exterminating them.

Hattia and Seedat made their comments in a WhatsApp group. Hattia wrote, “F*ck you jew pricks. Fat nosed f*cks …. I hope you and your family die. Hitler f*cked up he should’ve killed you all.”

Seedat wrote afterward, “You f*cken Jew / Zionist will see your time coming. Make our fellow brothers and sisters suffer, but what you don’t understand is that worse will be coming your way.”

SAJBD National Chairman Shaun Zagnoev commented on the decision to lay charges, saying, “It is totally unacceptable that anyone in South Africa should be defamed, demeaned and threatened in such horrific terms on account of their religion, race, ethnicity, or other such grounds. We are appalled by the sheer depths of the hatred expressed against our Jewish community by these three individuals and will do whatever is necessary to make them accountable.”

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